Guest Post: An Ode to the Geode

No longer just topics in science textbooks, geodes and agates have been elevated to one of the latest trends in home design. Interior designer Matthew Dickamore, creative director for Denton House Design Studio, shows us how they shine:

My grandfather was a geologist, and some of my fondest childhood memories are of the hours we spent scouring rock shops in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. In search of the perfect geode, we would always try to guess which boring exterior held the most sparkly crystals. My brothers and I would wait in anticipation as the sales clerk cracked open our selection to reveal an array of multicolored, crystallized swirls. Little did I know that 20-some years later, these stones would become the inspiration for interior design and fashion trends like these:

FABRICS: The wave-like pattern of a geode’s crystals inspired Kelly Wearstler’s Agate fabric.

“Agate” fabric by Kelly Wearstler for Groundworks by Lee Jofa,

COUNTERTOPS: Someday I’ll have a client who will want a countertop that costs thousands of dollars per square foot, and I just might suggest this blue agate slab by Concetto for CaesarStone. You can backlight it for an even more dramatic effect.

“Profondo” by Concetto by CaesarStone,

FURNITURE:  This perfect little side table, made from hand-forged brass and natural agate by Matthew Studios, speaks for itself!

“Quinn Table” by Matthew Studios,  


Coasters edged in gold? Each one of these gilded geode slices by Eduardo Garza is sure to get the conversation started at your next cocktail party.

Geode coasters edged in gold by designer Eduardo Garza,

I was given a set of these bookends when I was younger and I think I gave them away a couple of years ago.  I should have kept them!

Agate Geode Bookends by Viva Terra,

Mother Nature is an artist to the 10th degree! We recently used these agate slice sculptures from Arteriors Home to add color and style to a client’s bookshelf and he loved them!

Fergie Agate Slice Sculptures from Arteriors Home,

Sparkly geodes and agates are a natural fit for lighting fixtures, like this circa-1970 Willy Daro blue agate table lamp.

Willy Daro Blue Agate Table Lamp, via

So whether you’re inspired by an accessory, a color palette or want to transform an entire room, take note of this geological trend and make room in your home for a little ode to the geode.

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